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Harrison Potter, Instructor, Special Programs

Harrison Potter

I am a sixth year graduate student. I will graduate with a Ph.D. in mathematics in May 2014. I will also receive a Certificate in College Teaching when I graduate. I graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, OH with a B.S. degree with majors in mathematics and physics in May 2008. I earned a M.A. degree in mathematics from Duke University in May 2010. I passed my preliminary examination in October 2011. I am presently working on my doctoral thesis in mathematics.

Please note: Harrison has left the Mathematics department at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info: 
Office Location:  Mathematics Department, BOX_90320, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:
Starting Year:   2008  
Advisor(s):   Thomas P. Witelski


M.A.Duke University2010
B.S.Marietta College2008

Applied Math
Mathematical Physics
Research Interests: Fluid Dynamics of Thin Liquid Films

I am presently working on a fluid dynamics project; specifically, I look at how asymptotic analysis can yield insight into the behavior of solutions to the PDE and corresponding steady-state ODE that arise in the study of certain thin film problems. I also use C++ to construct numerical solutions to these PDE and ODE using finite difference schemes. Such simulations prove useful both as a check on the validity of any asymptotic results obtained and as a tool in helping to find and determine the nature of various interesting asymptotic limits.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications

  1. Harrison Potter, On Conformal Mappings and Vector Fields, OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (May, 2008) [view.cgi]  [abs]
  2. VX Dang, H Potter, S Glasgow and S Taylor, Pricing the Asian Call Option, Electronic Proceedings of Undergraduate Mathematics Day, vol. 3 no. 3 (February, 2008), pp. 26 [available here]  [abs]
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